Sunday, September 9th was the opening of Paul Behnke and Tremain Smith at The Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia. It is always nice to go to a gallery and see two artists' work that you are inspired by and respect. Walking into the gallery you first see Paul's big and bold sense of color, and shifting space done with a sensitivity to surface. Then you make your way back to Tremain's more intimate, layered and intricate sensibility. It was a great day for abstract painting. The show runs until September 30th. Get to the show or go to their websites for better viewing of the paintings.
"My painting process is concerned with formal aspects. It is only after the fact that I can start to decipher imagery and any personal symbolism that may be present. I’m not interested in sharing any interpretations of forms with the viewer." Paul Behnke
|Big Narcissus,(diptych), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 120 inches|
|Yello Nike (2012) - acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches|
|Happy Val Lewtons Day (2011) - acrylic on canvas, 46 x 48 inches|
|Arieles Table (2012) - acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches|
|Paul in deep conversation|
"Smith uses the grid as her departure point. From this basis she moves freely. The lines and planes are bridges or passageways; doors, walls and floor plans to inner realities. They become mappings of the unseen as she seeks to visually manifest access to the spiritual."
|Tremain smiling in front of her sold painting|
|Birth, 2012 Oil, wax & collage on panel 16" x 16"|
|Clockwork, 2012 Oil, wax & collage on panel 36" x 48"|
|Motion, 2011 Oil, wax & collage on panel 48" x 24"|
|Current, 2012 Oil, wax & collage on panel 48" x 48"|
|Mystic Ascent, 2012 Oil, wax & collage on panel 36" x 24"|